Autotechnician’s Big Day Out heads to Nottingham


You will have seen in the July/August edition of Autotechnician that Andy Crook and James Dillon challenged and amused a room full of technicians at Reading College back in June as part of our Autotech campaign to support independent technicians in their quest for knowledge! Well, we are happy to announce the entertaining duo are set to impart as much knowledge as possible regarding the diagnostic process once again at EMTEC in Nottingham on Saturday 27th October.

The interactive day will focus on a set of live faults on a vehicle and will challenge the way you approach finding issues. The day is suitable for anyone involved in diagnostic work, providing valuable tools to take back to your workshop on every step of the process – from booking in jobs (and those best left alone), charging for diagnostics, what to test and what to expect, eliminating possible faults and customer communication.

We will also have Cleevely EV and Peter Melville of HEVRA joining us, highlighting the business opportunities of Hybrid & EV repair, with the opportunity of experiencing the ride of a Tesla Model S.

Kim D, who has undertaken diagnostics for many moons, had this to say about his experience of the last Big Day Out at Reading: “At first I thought there can’t be much to show us on an old Ka. Well there’s one thing I got wrong straight away! I liked the twists and turns of the diagnostic processes.

“It was just like real life because we as technicians do need to step back sometimes and use a different approach. Something the ACtronics guy said about a large number of control units being sent into them and when tested found to be OK… That KA with a grounded 5V ref could well be an example of wrongly diagnosing a faulty PCM. Also, something James said years ago sticks in my mind and I use this thought – ‘if you have just decided a component is at fault, you need to say to yourself, “if this doesn’t fix it, what tests would I have to do then?’ It’s at that point I would be doing those checks.”


  • “Just wanted to say thank you to you and the team for yesterday. We all had a great time and can’t wait to come again.” DA
  • “A great event from a great magazine. Really inspiring discussion and not one of your usual PowerPoint courses. It’s always nice to hear James Dillon talk and this was no different, truly passionate and thought provoking. A very enjoyable day out, and a bargain compared to the entry fee! Thanks guys!” MA
  • “Fun, engaging and interesting business/technical content delivered by Andy crook & James Dillon today – was certainly worth the 4am start!” EJ
  • “Great day out guys as always. Great presentation, great food and some great people, keep up the good work.” RK

The final Big Day Out event for 2018 will be held at EMTEC College, Mere Way, Ruddington Business Park, Nottingham, NG11 6JZ on Saturday 27th October from 9.00am to 4.30pm.

Thanks to our sponsors, tickets are available at the discounted rate of £69.50, which includes all refreshments, lunch and parking. Email: or call Nicola on 01634 816 165 to book your ticket today.

Please Note: Numbers are limited, so book your place as soon as possible if you can make the date.


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